Michael Weatherford  

Yellow Garden Spider by Michael Weatherford

October 2019 - Yellow Garden Spider

About the Image(s)

This image of a Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) was shot on September 23, 2015. It’s a large orb weaver that is common here in South Arkansas USA. They are big and beautiful. I used a Pentax K-3 DSLR with Pentax 10-17mm fisheye zoom lens to accentuate the spider and its web while also showing the native sunflowers, blue sky and sun in the background. It would have been nice to have a better sun star, but I like the backlighting on the spider and web, colorful flowers and blue sky. Processed in Lightroom using the adjustment brush to lighten the body of the spider. I adjusted highlights and shadows and selectively adjusted saturation of the yellows and blues. Sharpened the image using the mask in Lightroom “Details” to bring out details of the web and spider. Applied a slight dark vignette in LR “Effects”. The image was finished in Topaz Studio by applying a filter that increased fine detail contrast to better show the web. Hand held. Settings: 1/80; 11mm; f16; ISO 100.

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3 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
You have achieved a crisp image of the spider that shows off the colors and the beauty of this arachnid. However that heavily overexposed sunspot competes with the spider for attention. You could maintain the back light feeling and reduce the overexposed feeling by positioning the sun more behind the tree trunk. This would retain the "sun star" feeling while helping to retain the overexposed feeling. Also by stopping down the lens to f22 would also reduce the size of the sun's orb while maintaining the star. All of this would reduce the sun's competition with the spider and at the same time make the spider more dominate. This would require a slightly higher ISO but your camera can handle the increase without introducing noise.   Posted: 10/04/2019 19:48:08

Todd Grivetti   Todd Grivetti
Love this close up! Colors are really vibrant and crisp and almost translucent body and legs. I agree with Larry regarding the sunstar. Causes a bit more "washout" at the top of the image. Increasing the exposure time to 1/100 or 1/125 may have the same effect as it relates to the washout effect. I do like the backlighting as well.   Posted: 10/04/2019 22:27:26

Mark Winter   Mark Winter

First, it is good to "virtually" meet you! I really liked your choice of lenses when shooting this! It really does accentuate the relative size of the spider! A really tack sharp image and I like how you were able to pull the web out as far as detail. It provides a nice 3D effect.   Posted: 10/08/2019 11:57:17